Patients May Defy New Medical Marijuana Laws

Some patients licensed to grow their own medicinal marijuana are threatening to defy a new federal law that will require them to destroy their pot plants and purchase the drug from government-approved growers.

The new law, which comes into effect on April 1, ends the program through which some 37,000 Canadians grow marijuana to treat their own medical conditions, such as cancer, MS, arthritis or post-traumatic stress disorder. Starting April 1, the patients will have to destroy their remaining plants and purchase the drug via seven federally licensed growers.

Patients say that growing their own drugs costs them just cents a day. Buying from federally licenced growers, however, will jack the price up five to ten times higher. With some ill patients unable to work or receiving disability benefits, the higher cost is out of reach for many of them.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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